To put things into perspective, a little game known as Warframe also started developing at around the same time star citizen did, going from a small beta concept to now an open world mmo in some regards..... And it was quite playable and enjoyable the whole way thru.
During that same time frame Star Shitizen has done what? make a buggy ass alpha?
CIG clearly plan on using the 250 million dollars on out doing Duke Nukem Forever. They might even hire Randy Pitchford to get things finished if we are lucky
"Money doesn't exist in the 24th century, the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity." - Jean-Luc Picard